CiteHero Write is our document editor with innovative features to improve the process of academic writing. It automatically searches for references while you write, and inserts citations in the desired format with a single click.
2.1 Getting started
To start a new document, either click the large CiteHero Write button on the homepage, or the    icon in the header from any page. Resume working on an existing document by visting the Documents tab in your profile page, then clicking on a title.
The first thing you'll encounter in CiteHero Write is a popup asking you to choose the subjects you're writing about. This is to assist Auto Search in finding the most relevant articles. You can change the selected subjects at any time via the Refine button or the Filter sidebar tab.
Select a broad subject field from the first dropdown menu, then (optionally) a more specific subject from the second dropdown menu. Either fields or subjects can be added to your list, and you can add as many as you like. When fields are added, they include all subjects contained. If you do not wish to narrow Auto Search by subject, click 'Start Writing' without selecting any.
2.2 Auto Search
Auto Search works by breaking down your document into structural elements, then analyzing them with Natural Language Processing to create a list of suggested references. It focuses on the sentence containing the cursor, and is updated every few seconds if that sentence has changed.
Suggested citations appear in the Auto Search tab of the sidebar. From there they can be inserted as citations by clicking , or expanded for more detail by clicking . See below for a description of the expanded article view. You can also hover of a title to see its full citation and summary.
As well as citing while you write, you can paste in blocks of pre-written text and click between sentences to quickly populate them with references.
Auto Search technology is under patent pending.
At the bottom of the Auto Search sidebar are More, Refine and Pause buttons.
- More increases the number of citations displayed in the sidebar tab, adding the next 10 articles each time it's clicked.
- Refine lets you restrict search to certain fields or subjects. This is equivalent to selecting subjects in the Welcome box that appears when you start new article, or placing a Subjects filter in the Filter sidebar tab.
Also in the Refine box are Keywords, which can be any word or phrase of your choosing. Keywords are appended to every Auto Search performed, so you can direct Auto Search to favor articles containing certain words or phrases.
- The icon will pause Auto Search, giving you more time to inspect the current list of suggested citations.
2.3 Manual Search, Shortlist and History
Articles in the sidebar can also be found within the Manual Search, Shortlist and History tabs. Citations can be inserted directly into the document from any of these tabs.
- Manual Search performs much like searching from the main search bar, but results appear in the sidebar. Click More to increase the number of citations displayed. If the 'use search filters' box is ticked then settings in the Filter tab will be applied to the sidebar Manual Search, otherwise it will search across all articles.
- Shortlist shows your active shortlist in the sidebar. At the bottom of the tab, use the dropdown menu to change the active shortlist, or click the icon to visit your shortlist settings. See here for more information on shortlists.
- History shows your most recently viewed articles. Again, click More to expand this list.
2.4 Expanded article view
Expand an article in the sidebar with the button for detailed article information and functions.
In the top-right of the panel are the buttons:
- inserts the citation at the cursor position.
- opens the article in the new tab.
- collapses the expanded article view.
Below the article information is a row of buttons that perform the following functions:
- Voting arrows let you up or down-vote the article. The number between the arrows in indicates the current vote count.
- Abstract expands or collapses the Abstract of the article. If no abstract is available, this button is greyed out.
- opens the comments section of the article in a new tab.
- opens the full-text version of the article in a new tab. If full-text is not available, this button is greyed out.
- opens the article URL (the publishers webpage) in a new tab.
- opens a popup showing the full citation, which can be copied in the desired format.
- expands or collapses a 3-point summary of the article. Summaries are generated by a computer program, and only exist for articles with abstracts. If not available, this button is greyed out.
- The citation count for the article. An asterisk next to the count indicates it is estimated by a computer program.
- The search score (%) for the article. See here for information on Score Controls.
- adds the article to your active shortlist. See here for more information on shortlists.
2.5 Citation formatting
CiteHero uses Citation Style Language (CSL), a collection of over 9000 formatting styles. Click the icon at the top-right of your document to select your preferred citation style.
Citation formatting options are also available when copying the citation of an individual article. To do this, click the Cite button on an article from the main search results page, and select a format from the dropdown list.
2.6 Adding custom citations
To insert a cutsom citation, click within the document console buttons. This will bring up a box where you can enter the desired inline and reference list citations. These are entirely customizable and can be in any format you wish.
Existing citations can be edited by double-clicking on an inline citation, and changing the inline citation within the editing box. Citations in the reference list can be edited directly within your document like any other text.
2.7 Finishing your document
Once you've finished writing your document, copy your work to MS Word or another document editing program to add final touches such as page numbers or a table of contents.
Simply select all the text from your document, including the reference list, then copy and paste it into another program.
Soon we’ll be adding features so you can do finishing touches within CiteHero Write, but for now we suggest that you do final steps in another program.